"The problem with wanting is that it makes us weak." (240)
Alina Starkov is hardly an exceptional being – she's a thin, sickly orphan girl who cannot e...more"The problem with wanting is that it makes us weak." (240)
Alina Starkov is hardly an exceptional being – she's a thin, sickly orphan girl who cannot even sketch very well when it comes to her job as a junior cartographer's assistant in the Ravkan army. But, after she unleashes her hidden Grisha (talented people who use the Small Science of the elements) side in order to save her childhood best friend Mal, Alina is whisked away to live like a Grisha. And as she learns to unleash the Grisha part of herself, she slowly evolves into something more than a sickly orphan. But, it's not being Grisha that makes Alina a fascinating protagonist – it's her growing determination and budding confidence, along with her weaker moments, that cause her to become a character a reader can root for.
SHADOW AND BONE is richly descriptive and engrossing. I'm an avid fan of YA fantasy novels, so Bardugo had a lot to live up to in my mind – and she nailed it. From the first page, Bardugo thrusts the reader into another world with an intriguing 3rd person introduction, before switching to Alina's POV for the rest of the novel. Bardugo writes her settings vividly and expertly evokes the wanting, the adoration, the hatred, the desperation, and every other emotions swirling around inside her characters. This novel is a slow burn, taking its time as it builds the plot, setting, and develops the characters. In all, SHADOW AND BONE is a pleasant surprise that has me eagerly looking forward to more works written by Bardugo.
Highlights: The world building is excellently done, richly described. As far as villains go, the Darkling is one the best that I've read in a long time, simply because he is layered as a character. I still do not know how I feel about him, and I think that's a mark of a well-written and complex villain. Plus, there is a stunningly incredible map inside this book (I love maps in books! Maps + books = awesome). Alina's growth from taking the easy way out to taking the hard path made her very endearing to me.
Lowlights: For the most part, not much happens during the middle of the story. Most of the exciting parts happen right at the beginning and then at the end, with the middle being more about Alina struggling and coming to terms with her Grisha side. It wasn't enough to bother me that much, I was just surprised at the pacing of the story.
Cover: Excuse me while I fangirl over that cover art. I'm a fan of illustrated covers, and this one is exceptional. Simple, with a nice mixture of light and dark swirls (and I love how the lighter ones also resemble antlers). It perfectly portrays significant aspects of the novel visually.
Highlights: The world building regarding sylphs is top notch, detailed, and very fascinating. The dual points-of-view are similarly well done, as Mess...moreHighlights: The world building regarding sylphs is top notch, detailed, and very fascinating. The dual points-of-view are similarly well done, as Messenger gives both Vane and Audra their own distinct personalities / voices. Audra was especially an incredible, badass, easy-to-love character, but I did equally enjoy Vane's sarcastic nature (and his concern for his family). Messenger's writing has a nice flow to it, making her novel an easy story to breeze through in a matter of hours. The romance, despite being a bit quick, is surprisingly believable and sweet. All in all, LET THE SKY FALL is a highly enjoyable and gripping story.
Lowlights: Despite Messenger's creativity with the slyph lore, she lets the actual story fall into the structure of your typical, clichéd young adult novel. The plot is familiar to those who read a lot of YA, so it's easy to see where everything is going (but there are a few twists that I'm sure many readers will find very surprising). I wish the secondary characters had been included in the story a bit more.
I would give this novel a 4 out of 5 rating. Packed with plenty of action, humor, and imagination, LET THE SKY FALL is a lively start to what could be a terrific trilogy. I have high hopes for the sequel, LET THE STORMS BREAK!(less)
"The journey has begun, and there's no stopping it." (Stasse 338)
While the UNA is the epitome of the words corrupt and control, Island Alpha or the "w...more"The journey has begun, and there's no stopping it." (Stasse 338)
While the UNA is the epitome of the words corrupt and control, Island Alpha or the "wheel" is simply pandemonium. Teenagers who fail a government personality test are banished to the wheel, where some of teens (called drones) take a slight LORD OF THE FLIES approach to the island and lose themselves to chaos. The drones maniacally worship a man who controls most of the island, called the Monk. Alenna, our narrator, escapes this fate and instead falls in with a more sensible group of teens that live in the last, and smallest, sector left uncontrolled by the Monk. There's no way off, and no way to know who to trust....On the wheel, there are more enemies than just each other, and tomorrow is never guaranteed.
THE FORSAKEN takes readers on an adventure full of twists and danger at every corner. Stasse's attention-getting prologue sets the stage for a fascinating story set in an unsettling futuristic world. This story took me by surprise in multiple ways, especially with the jaw-dropping twist near the end and how well this futuristic world is portrayed. There's more complexity and layers to THE FORSAKEN than expected at first glance, and some insightful moments buried beneath the thrilling action and surprising revelations that take place throughout the story. Action, adventure, danger, excitement...welcome to the unpredictable world of THE FORSAKEN.
Highlights: Alenna could have been a victim of her circumstances and continued relying on others, but then she chose to rise to the challenge and became willing to take charge and fight. There's one plot twist that I never saw coming, which is a rarity for a reader like me*. I enjoyed many of the characters and their different personalities. The varying ways of life on the island and the social structures were fascinating, too.
Lowlights: Liam and Alenna's relationship came a little too close to instalove - I could have forgiven this if the I had gotten to know Liam's character better. Dialogue sometimes came across a bit awkwardly in the beginning (after that, it either improved or I stopped noticing).
* Anyone who loves surprises will be in for a treat with this book. ** Received copy for review in exchange for honest thoughts.
Goodbye high school, hello road trip. Colby's excited about putting college on hold and going abroad for the year w...more"We all want to feel something..."*
Goodbye high school, hello road trip. Colby's excited about putting college on hold and going abroad for the year with his best friend, Bev. So, when Bev changes their plans with a surprising and blunt truth, Colby's stuck with three girls (one of which he is furious at), a VW bus named Melinda, and absolutely no clue where to go after the tour wraps up. Things are even more complicated, since Colby's torn between his anger and his deeper feelings for Bev. As the tensions rise and secrets spill, The Disenchantments takes the characters through the struggles that reside in friendship, individuality, and adulthood.
Nina LaCour's sophomore effort is excellent. Colby's voice strikes a note of authenticity and relatability from the beginning, and you can't help but to feel as angry as he is when Bev changes their plans with minimal notice. As for the Disenchantments, they may be a terrible band, but they're great characters - you've got Bev and her secrets, Meg and her positive attitude, and Alexa's utter sweetness. Colby's relaxed and giving personality melds perfectly with this trio, but it's his journey and his character growth that resonates the most in The Disenchantments.
Highlights: Not only is this story music-orientated, but it's deeper than the light, carefree cover suggests. There's a nice mix to the fun and the serious moments, and I loved every second it took reading this story. The art aspect to the story was great, and I love how the back jacket cover of the novel ties into some of that. Colby, a male main character, was a wonderful narrator#. Even side characters were pretty great, and each seem fully developed.
Lowlights: Maybe a bit more page-time with some side characters.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
* pg. 271 # We definitely need more male MC's in YA lit (less)
Mini-Review: Cinder is a cyborg, the best mechanic in New Beijing, and unafraid to get her hands dirty. She's an endearing character, especially when it comes to her genuine love for those who she cares about. The narration switches mostly between Cinder and Prince Kai, giving a well-rounded view the events taking place as the intimidating Queen Levana of the Lunars visits....and things get pretty complex once she shows up. As the story begins to delve into political conspiracies and the illness sweeping New Beijing, it only becomes more intriguing. Meyer has a way with words that keeps you turning the pages, eager for more. Building off of the bare bones of Cinderella's story, Meyer shapes Cinder into something unique and spectacular.
Highlights: Despite being inspired by Cinderella, Meyer takes smart creative liberties that work very well. A few moments, especially with the Lunar queen, had me hooked as the suspense built. One the largest highlights involved the characters - Iko (an android), Peony, and Queen Levana. Even the fact that not all the characters were safe1 from harm was an interesting aspect that I respect.
Lowlights: Some aspects of the plot were extremely predictable2, and not just the Cinderella aspects. The story also had a slow beginning. And the ending was a bit unsatisfying - too many loose ends, even if this is a series.
Out of all YA novels that were released back in the year 2012, SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY was extremely high on my will-beg-for-this-book wishlist....moreOut of all YA novels that were released back in the year 2012, SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY was extremely high on my will-beg-for-this-book wishlist. I may not be a huge zombie fan, but something about this story called to me and drew my curiosity. Fortunately, Susan Dennard's writing and story didn't disappoint. Eleanor Fitt is a determined, take-charge kind of gal, which immediately made it so much easier to enjoy her narration. From the beginning, this story sets off in an excited rush that never seems to dissipate – instead, it builds and grows until the story reaches its conclusion. Filled with fun, flirting, explosions, adventure, action, a lovely historical setting, a healthy dose of steampunk, and some creepy zombies (aim for the knees!), Dennard skillfully weaves it all together and creates SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY – or, one fantastic story.
HIGHLIGHTS: I'm still surprised by one aspect of Eleanor's conclusion*. The setting is wonderfully depicted. I really felt like I was stepping into another time, and I commend Dennard for writing the setting so wonderfully and realistically. Eleanor's spunk and determination is admirable, she's a protagonist worthy of rooting for. The romance was nicely done, even if I was initially concerned that Dennard would include a love triangle since it seemed to appear that things were going that way for a bit. But, it soon became very obvious that only one intriguing young man captured Eleanor's attention. Also, the Spirit-Hunters = Awesome.
LOWLIGHTS: The villain of the story was incredibly easy to guess, right from the beginning. WAY too easy. Please give me a challenge next time, Dennard! Eleanor's mom was a bit frustrating, too. I wish the Spirit-Hunters had been in the story a bit more so I could learn more about them, but I assume there will be more of them in A DARKNESS STRANGE AND LOVELY.
SOURCE: Won a finished copy.
* (view spoiler)[She loses a hand. Some authors like to give their protagonist a magical cure where they survives with only minor injuries, so I'm grateful that Dennard didn't take the easy way out by making sure her heroine healed perfectly. (hide spoiler)]
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Fabulous mystery, intriguing revelations, and a killer ending. I so want book #3 now!!
----------------------------------------------------------------...moreFabulous mystery, intriguing revelations, and a killer ending. I so want book #3 now!!
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ "Follow the leader."*
Some secrets are not meant to be shared. Three months after the end of Across the Universe, Elder has become the leader of Godspeed, and each of his subsequent choices as its newest ruler have come with consequences. While Elder struggles with being the leader, Amy battles with her outsider status on Godspeed. But when she receives a mysterious clue hinting at a secret revolving around Godspeed, she readily embarks on a scavenger hunt to find answers that will change everything.
Thank you, Beth Revis, for a sequel that is just as great if not better than the first novel. A Million Suns ramps up the energy and pandemonium. Revis takes everything - mystery, relationships, fear - to another level. Life on Godspeed is as claustrophobic as ever, with so many people and nowhere to run. A Million Suns is a magnetic mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat, excited and breathless, until you arrive at the final page.
Highlights: So many surprises. Even if you guess one, there are plenty of others that will amaze you. The hunt for the clues was interesting. Amy and Elder's relationship was intriguing - things are pretty strained between them, and I liked that they still have some issues to work out.
Lowlights: It took a few chapters to get back into the characters voices and to remember their personalities. And Revis killed off a character I liked (again).
* pg. 147 - A simple phrase, and yet it gives me chills.(less)
"I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard." (Forman 146).
Unique and touching, Mia's journey is an emotional ride that readers everywhere will...more"I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard." (Forman 146).
Unique and touching, Mia's journey is an emotional ride that readers everywhere will find pulling at their heartstrings. Mia, cellist and essential good-girl to the core, finds herself standing on the sidelines of a car accident -- her family's car accident. From this moment to the hospital, I realized that Forman truly did a wonderful job with this beginning stage. It could have easily been over or under-done, but it was perfectly effective and heartbreaking. The rollercoaster of emotions that Mia goes through while witnessing everything from the side is realistic and touching. Each flashback of her life before this moment provides a good source of depth to every character and Mia's life, really showing how much she has to lose if things don't work out.
It's easy to get caught up in Forman's words and compare Mia's story to your own life - What if that was me? What if there was nothing I could do but watch my life unravel? I wasn't expecting such a thoughtful story that really pulled me in emotionally - I was up, down and really diving into Mia's hectic life. If I Stay can be described and summed up into one word - memorable.
Highlights:If I Stay is written so beautifully and poignantly. I knew going into this story that would be sad, and it was, but there's so much more to the words than I expected. I loved how the relationship between Mia and Adam wasn't easily begun, because they really are different people with unique likes/dislikes. And the "play me" scene? Hot.
Lowlights: There were a couple times when I questioned some of the words "Mia" would use - they didn't seem to match her voice quite right, but these moments were rare. Also a few moments where the story was pushed a bit too hard, and some of these moments could have been more touching if they'd been reigned in a bit.
Cover Thoughts: I have to respectfully disagree with the quotation on the new paperback cover - this novel is very different from Twilight, and that comparison does not suit the story's style. Compare it instead to Thirteen Reasons Why or Before I Fall - those better match the subject and writing style. (less)
I've been thinking about this novel for a few months now, reflecting on the story and my reaction to it...and in the end, I realized that Where She We...moreI've been thinking about this novel for a few months now, reflecting on the story and my reaction to it...and in the end, I realized that Where She Went must have been pretty spectacular to remain in my thoughts for so long.
After three long years, Adam and his band are on top of the world and he's a famous rock star. But despite how great everything seems, Adam's less than thrilled with his life. Even his relationships with his band-mates aren't what they used to be. Everyday, he runs through the motions of his rock-star life while staving off nervous breakdowns with a bottle of pills. Honestly, it was so heartbreaking to read Adam narrative and to see his character so sad. Even with Mia's appearance, the changes in her both pleased and saddened me as I followed Adam's narration.
Forman's writing evoked different emotions in me with words that were poetic, beautiful, and heartbreaking. It is so easy to get lost in the story and emotion of Where She Went, and to just let the pages turn as the story unfolds. The story itself takes place quickly, for the most part in a matter of a full day, as Adam and Mia spend time trying to understand each other, themselves, the past, and coming to terms with each of their futures.
Highlights: Adam's voice is achingly familiar, yet fresh and compelling - I was worried he would sound like Mia. However, Adam is different, broken in a different way than Mia once was. And thankfully, he still has some of his lovable charm and humor. I love how Forman shows how her characters have changed in three years, how they've evolved and grown. Even though it was initially a challenge for me to dive into Adam's mindset, Adam's words and the emotion behind them resonated with me long after the final page.
Lowlights: The first half of the novel was difficult to get through because Adam really is in such a down place, and not entirely the man he used to be. It's difficult to see a character you adore be in a place like that. But, the last half made everything worthwhile.
I enjoyed Graceling, adored Fire, and absolutely loved Bitterblue. Cashore's writing only gets better with each novel.
I enjoyed Graceli...moreI enjoyed Graceling, adored Fire, and absolutely loved Bitterblue. Cashore's writing only gets better with each novel.
I enjoyed Graceling, adored Fire, and absolutely loved Bitterblue. Unlike the protagonists of Cashore's previous novels, Bitterblue is not Graced or a monster. Instead, she's a young queen who enjoys numbers, ciphers and stories. Throughout the novel, her deceased father's terrible Grace and actions still linger in Monsea, causing all sorts of trouble. Betrayal, secrets, and lies run deeper than imaginable. Her kingdom is filled with oddities that no one wants to explain or fix. With each new twist, another round of suspects appear along with more questions, and ultimately creates even more doubts about everything and everyone as Bitterblue struggles to reveal the truth.
Curious revelations, first love, and Bitterblue's transformation into the queen Monsea needs, Bitterblue gradually builds into a phenomenal story. Bitterblue herself is a remarkable young woman with a subtle strength, sharp humor, and a need for the truth. It was intriguing to watch her character grow with each chapter. However, do not go into this book expecting something like Cashore's previous works. Bitterblue delves deeper and into darker places in order to unravel the mysteries in Monsea. There are lovely, lighthearted moments, along with others that will have you near (or in) tears. The story moves as a slow pace, picking up every now and then with short bursts of action, before simmering down again into a steady rhythm. All in all, Bitterblue is an outstanding novel that is well worth the time that it takes to read each page.
Highlights: It was nice to see characters from Cashore's previous books be present in this one, and through Bitterblue's very observant view of them - Katsa was especially interesting to see from Bitterblue's perspective. Characters as a whole were very well written (especially Death*, Teddy, Saf, Po, Giddon, Leck, and Thiel). The extras at the end (cast of characters, drawings, et cetera) were fascinating. The ending, while a little bittersweet, was nicely done.
Lowlights: I wanted more pages. Seriously.
Note: As this is a sequel, reading Graceling is a must. I would recommend reading Fire since it will help make many moments more meaningful in the story.
* Coolest librarian ever. I kind of wish I had his Grace.
Lola is quirky, colorful, and the type of girl who wears what she loves, no matter everyone else's opinions of her elaborate and amazing costumes. Lol...moreLola is quirky, colorful, and the type of girl who wears what she loves, no matter everyone else's opinions of her elaborate and amazing costumes. Lola's also the kind of girl who accidentally voices her feelings out loud when she's upset, and acts younger than her age because that's the easy way out of life's pesky problems. While Lola is no Anna, she is incredibly endearing in the way that you remember your high school days and all the silly decisions you and your friends made when it came to love, life, and everything else. Lola and the Boy Next Door is sweet, sad, humorous, and so much more than you might expect at first glance.
Highlights: Cricket. So sweet, and I loved seeing his personality shine through the awkward moments. Family is at the heart of Lola and the Boy Next Door, and it's great to have a protagonist's parents take an active interest in their child's life (Lola's dads, Andy and Nathan, were amazing characters). Overall, Perkins excelled in creating an authentic bunch of characters with their own unique quirks.
Lowlights: Lola could be a little too immature. I wanted to shake some sense into her whenever she was being an idiot. This book was good, but Perkins' debut was better.
Note: Anna & St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss make multiple appearances in this story, and are just as awesome as ever.
Thoughts: Fresh, funny, and oh so mysterious, The Liar Society is the epitome of "super-amazing-fantastical-spectacular" (it is so awesome that one wo...moreThoughts: Fresh, funny, and oh so mysterious, The Liar Society is the epitome of "super-amazing-fantastical-spectacular" (it is so awesome that one word just isn't enough to explain).
Kate, The Liar Society's narrator, may be a dash of Veronica Mars, but she's unique in her own way. By the time I reach chapter 3, I knew I was going to love her character. She's smart, witty, funny, and easy to agree and relate with. Even secondary characters like eager-to-please neighbor Seth and the mysterious Liam are all well fleshed out and entertaining in their own ways.
Past and present chapters work well together with this story, and they slowly reveal the mystery of the night Grace died. Or, did she die? The mysteries surrounding Grace and Pemberly Brown (Kate's school) do not disappoint, especially the killer twist ending that will leave you begging for a sequel and more of Kate.
Kate's sleuthing skills and the intriguing mystery will keep you entertained and curious from beginning to end. If you love mysteries with a spunky heroine, The Liar Society is your story.
Highlights: How on Earth did the Roecker sisters write so flawlessly? I mean, really? I seriously forgot there were two of them, because the Roecker sisters were definitely on the same page -- the writing is tight and true to Kate's character, with no unusual moments where you can tell there are two writer's. The mystery is flawlessly pieced together - there's enough suspense and everything is steadily revealed. It's not just a mystery book, it's hilarious and amusing. The Liar Society is without a doubt the best humorous yet mysterious novel I've read in years.
Lowlights: I predicted the ending long before it came, I think I just got lucky with that anyway. Even so, there was still so much to be curious about - don't let this book pass you by! (less)
My Summary:Sent away to a Parisian boarding school for the year might sound amazing to some teens, but for Anna, it most definitely is not. Leaving h...moreMy Summary:Sent away to a Parisian boarding school for the year might sound amazing to some teens, but for Anna, it most definitely is not. Leaving her best friend behind, as well as an almost-boyfriend, Anna's stuck on a whole other continent with no one she knows.
But when she meets a group friends, she slips into their clique easily. But out of them all, it's Etienne St. Clair that she bonds with the most. The totally hot, hilarious Etienne St. Clair...who happens to have a girlfriend.
But as time passes, Anna's life grows more hectic, her friendships more troubled and she can't deny the truth of her relationships any longer...A fun, flirty and unforgettable debut, Anna and the French Kiss is wonderful from start to finish.
Review: Narrated by the ever-amusing Anna, Anna and the French Kiss does not cease to entertain and inspire. Perkins manages to write fully dimensional characters, not just with her protagonist Anna but with them all. Even with the City of Lights, Perkins paints a picture with her words that almost makes you feel as if you're standing right with Anna in the middle of Paris (oh, how I wish I could go to Paris now...darn you, Stephanie Perkins!).
Filled with a sweet romance that isn't overdone or dramatized, Anna and the French Kiss is truly fabulous. I know some people who immediately set this one aside just for the unusual name, but if you do that you are missing out. This book has substance, it has realism to the characters and the relationships. For contemporary lovers, its an easy book to jump in and relate with because life isn't perfect for Anna. There are ups and downs, and Anna is such a wonderful protagonist to follow through the story.
So it all boils down to this: Do you enjoy contemporary novels? What about a bit of realistic romance? Paris? Witty and hilarious main characters? Really cute boy BFF's? If you answered "YES!" to any of those, then Anna and the French Kiss is perfect for you.
Highlights: Perkins has the right amount of of amusement in her writing, but she can pull off the serious moments just as easily. While there are some more serious moments, this is a fairly light story (emotionally, I mean), so it will definitely be a fun read for anyone who loves YA, boys, France, accents, and so much more.
Lowlights: Hmm, I did want to shake some sense into a few certain characters, but it's not that big of a deal.
Thoughts: Hawkins weaves her magic once again in Demonglass, which doesn't fail to shine brightly and stand out in comparison to the first novel - if...moreThoughts: Hawkins weaves her magic once again in Demonglass, which doesn't fail to shine brightly and stand out in comparison to the first novel - if anything, it may be even better than the first book.
Sophie is as hilarious and endearing as ever, even when she's freaking out about her chaotic powers (among other issues in her life). But hey, at least she gets to hang out in London with her best friend Jenna while she waits to make her final decision regarding the Removal. A few new characters make an appearance, although we the reader don't get to know too much about them - except for the fact that they aren't too different from Sophie in certain aspects. Cal's more present in this story too, and I loved that he was around more - he is officially awesome. Besides, who needs Archer when you've got Cal?
But life can't just be easy for Sophie. The Eye is out to get her, at any cost. Not to mention that she's discovering some very intriguing secrets...and the revelations will shock and surprise. Story-wise, I'd suggest avoiding any overly detailed summaries, because there are quite a few surprises you'll want to read for yourself!
If you love magic, mysteries, and endings that leave you breathless for so much more, get busy on Hex Hall, because you don't want to miss out on Demonglass. After reading Demonglass, I'm tempted to hunt down Hawkins and demand the third book immediately (but then she'd probably call the police...so there goes that plan).
Highlights: Unlike a good amount of sequels, Demonglass doesn't get caught in a "sequel slump" -- where the book just doesn't compare or live up to the previous novel -- Demonglass had that same spark it's predecessor had, and Sophie is still very much her sassy and humorous self. She doesn't make ridiculously stupid decisions, like some sequel heroines do. The humor is there, the mystery and romance lingering in every chapter...it captured my attention fully and completely, and the ending definitely left me excited for the third novel.
Hawkins managed to do something else only a great author can do - she made me care about the characters. By the time I reached the end, I was panicking and worrying for some of them. These characters are just so wonderful, I can't get enough of them.
Lowlights: But, I won't lie, there were some moments of "come on and get going already" with the story in Demonglass. Not enough to bother me too much, though.
With one of the most amusing protagonists and unique storyline I've read lately, Stork is sure to be a hit.
New to town, Katla's having a difficult ti...moreWith one of the most amusing protagonists and unique storyline I've read lately, Stork is sure to be a hit.
New to town, Katla's having a difficult time adjusting. To top it off, she finds out she's essentially a Stork. Now she's hanging out in a spooky basement with other members of the order, like the eccentric Hulda or she-just-might-be-bad Grimilla. But things get complicated when Katla's dreams show her people who may or may not deserve a child, and when Katla's own life holds some secrets that even she doesn't know.
Katla's voice is hilarious and still completely real. She's by far the most amusing character I've come across lately. She truly shines, probably a bit more than all the other characters. The romance aspect wasn't overly rushed like in other novels, and it seemed to make sense.
Filled with plenty convincing characters, a unique plot, and a completely cool main character, Stork is fun from start to finish. I'd definitely recommend this one to anyone who wants a great story and plenty of laughs.
Highlights: Katla was the best part of the entire novel. Her personality was fresh and fun. Some of the things she says and thinks had me laughing hysterically. Another great aspect is that the story is not entirely predictable, there were moments that genuinely surprised me. I wanted so much more of Delsol's writing, it was just so engaging and fun.
Lowlights: Sometimes it can get a bit confusing, and the ending left me with quite a few questions (but there is going to be a sequel, Frost).
Review: Addictive, scandalous, and all-over exciting, She's So Dead To Us has got me wishing the sequel was already out.
Every page of this book had m...moreReview: Addictive, scandalous, and all-over exciting, She's So Dead To Us has got me wishing the sequel was already out.
Every page of this book had me hooked, which is definitely one of Scott's specialties. The narrative alternates between Ally and Jake, giving an intimate insight on both characters. Its easy to automatically sympathized with Ally, especially when her old friends decide that they are done with her. Even with Jake, there were moments when he follows the crowd, and I wanted to hate him…really, I did want to. But I couldn’t. He’s a flawed guy, but he has some redeeming qualities (just like Ally). The supporting characters were all dynamic as well, although I would have loved to see more of Annie and David (and perhaps I will in the sequel!).
Highlights: Scott is a master at keeping the pages turning. It's always difficult to put any of her books down. Plus, the ending (hello, cliffhanger) has got me intrigued for the sequel. SSDTU is a guilty pleasure, much like Scott's books under her pen name, Kate Brian (The Private Series).
Lowlights: It was simple enough to tell at some points what was going to happen, but I didn't ever really see anything wrong with that. I still had fun reading, and still found myself surprised at a few other points.